When do u know when your toddler is ready for a toddler bed?

Jessica - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months old and I was wondering when do u think is a good time to start a toddler bed? When I give him a bath and then he plays for a little bit. Then when I tell him its night night time he walks to his bed room all by himself with me right behind him. Then I pick him up and lay him in his crib and he falls asleep without getting up. SO this is why I think he's ready for a toddler bed. Can ya'll give me your input?

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Sabrina - posted on 05/27/2012

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My daughter started climbing out of her crib when she was about 14 months old (almost giving me a heart attack in the process). We would put her in her crib, she'd fall asleep, and then we would go to sleep but every morning when we'd wake up she was in our bed. We got rid of the crib not long after and replaced it with her toddler bed and we haven't had that problem since. :) Hope this helps.

Nicole - posted on 04/11/2012

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I started my baby in a toddler bed at 18 months. I'm not saying that is what is right for everyone. My LO has been falling asleep on her own for quite sometime. Every night is the same; she gets into bed, we read a story, I give her kisses and say goodnight and close her door. She goes to sleep VERY easily. That said, I decided when she was 18mo that we were going to try the toddler bed because we have another on the way and I wanted to get her used to the bed before the baby came (so it wasn't like we were giving her bed to the baby). The first night went awesome! She slept all night with no problems. The next night was a disaster! She got up at 430am and I ended up putting the mattress back in the crib and her too! After that she slept in her crib for about two weeks but both the crib and bed were still set up in her room. And then one day (about two weeks after the disaster night) she WANTED to sleep in the bed, so I let her for nap time and she did wonderful! Nighttime also went great and she's been sleeping in her bed ever since :) Basically, she let me know that she was ready and has been sleeping there for two months now! Good luck and I hope this was helpful!

Amy - posted on 12/02/2009

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I waited until my youngest daughter could climb out of her crib. She is the only one at 2 that does not come to my bed in the middle of the nite. She also it the only one that willingly lays in her own bed at bedtime. I moved everyone else to toddler beds at about 18 months and they never wanted to sleep in their own bed. I would not rush it unless you need the crib for someone else.

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Beth - posted on 12/10/2013

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My boy is 2 1/2 and does great in his crib. He doesn't try to climb out or anything, so we're keeping him in there till he's either too big for it or starts climbing out of it! :)

Carole - posted on 05/28/2012

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I think I would wait until almost 2... but that is just my opinion... and when you do choose to do the toddler bed, put a baby gate up at his door... that is what I plan to do..

Ari - posted on 05/23/2012

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You really don't even need a toddler bed..Why spend the extra money when a twin works just fine.All you really need is one of those rails they sell at walmart and target for like 22 bucks.My son has been in a twin with that since he was 14 months old.Did great.Works just the same and still safe.

Stephanie - posted on 05/23/2012

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the first few weeks, i stayed at my kids bedside letting them knw thay had to stay in bed. My son was the roughest he was mommy's boy, and had slept with me until he stopped nursing. But my youngest took to her bed QUICK, still gave them a rountine. It gets easier. I promise

Stephanie - posted on 05/23/2012

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I put all my kids in a toddler bed at one... They adjusted really well. being able to get into their bed, and finding Mommy they slept better...

Carole - posted on 04/26/2012

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If your baby can get on and off the couch safely, on and off your bed safely, and possibly in and out of the tub safely, up and down the stairs safely, then I would try it just to be safe! I would say try after he turns 2.. most of my family members and friends put their kids in toddler beds after their second birthday but had also put a baby gate on the doorway and made sure that they could not fall out of their bed... just my opinion.. as his mom you know best :)

Michelle - posted on 04/12/2012

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we moved my daughter into a toddler bed around 15 months but only because we were having another baby and needed the crib. so we did it months in advance so that by the time new baby sister came along, it didn't feel like she was taking HER crib because by then she was comfortable in the new bed and considered that HER bed. The first night she hated it and ended up back in the crib, but the next day my husband got her all new Dora sheets and blankets and put them on the new bed. He told her that if she wanted to sleep with Dora she would have to sleep in the big girl bed. She jumped right in and there wasn't any more problems!

Angelina - posted on 03/28/2012

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My daughter hates going to bed but tries to get in and out of her crib by herself. She has a forever bed that can goo from crib to toddler day bed so the bottom rack thing that holds the mattress can go lower. i have lowerd it as far as it will go and she is almost able to climb out and she can climb in all by herself. She is 20 months and can sleep all night most of the time but hates actually laying down in her crib unless she is really tied and in a growing spurt. Any ideas to help me and my wiggle worm?

Natacha - posted on 03/03/2012

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but almost fogot my son son try to run away to the crib I just thinking about which one to pick

and they are so many and all one over kind I just don't know what to do but my son is moving a lot and bump he's head all the time.

Natacha - posted on 03/03/2012

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Hy you should wait a little bit longuer but some people start early, so you are the one knows the answer.

Robin - posted on 02/04/2012

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My son Brady was about 19 months when he started swinging his legs over his crib and plotting an escape we immediately got a toddler bed. At first it was great same bed time, same routine, he'd get out once or twice or come wake us in the morning, but then he would protest and sleep on the floor or scream for hours, now we set up the play yard as a 1.) baracade from escaping the toddler bed then 2.) for when he is dead set against sleeping like a "big boy" this coinsided with removal of the binky has been very difficult. Im sure this doesnt help too much but I feel that he wasnt ready and I wish we had the crib still. I think trying one without eliminating the other starting with just nap time ect..

Amanda - posted on 02/03/2012

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my son is 18 months and has been in a single bed with a side rail since he was about a year he started climbing everything so we put him in a big bed he took to it right away and he does get out of bed but for the most part he sleeps pretty good in it

Sky - posted on 01/31/2012

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my son is 20 months this is my second attempt to get him to sleep in a toddler bed but i am finding it very hard as he refuses to even stay in his bed he screams the second i lye him down any suggestions to make it easier for the both of us

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2011

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We moved our son to the bed version of his crib when he was about 16 months. Everyone said that was to young but he loved it! He enjoyed being able to get in and out of bed by himself and after the first few nights learned to stay in it all night long. Just make sure to purchase one of those side rails if your crib doesn't come with one, we got ours for around $20. Anyway, you know your child better than anyone, so go with what your gut is saying. Worse case scenario you have to put him back in the crib for a few more months.

MELANIE - posted on 07/07/2011

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I put my now 18 month old in the toddler bed the week after she turned 1. We put toys away and moved books up higher on the shelves. Her door is closed so she can't get out but the monitor is still on if she needs us. Eliza rolls all over the bed. She was only about 16 lbs and 29 inches when we moved her and she is 19.5 lbs and 31 inches now. She has had no trouble getting in and out of the bed and has never fallen out.

LauraBeth - posted on 07/02/2011

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We moved our son at 12mo. due to him climbing out of the crib, we moved his bed into our room for a few months to make sure he was okay in one all night, he is now 26mo and never had a problem. though when we move he is getting full size bed because he tosses and turns all night long ;o). our little girl is 9mo now and can climb out of the crib, but I know she is def. not ready for a toddler bed. so now her crib is in the room with us. if I hear her wake I sit up to make sure she isnt tring for the great escape, lol. I am sure she will be getting a new bed soon

Candyce - posted on 06/30/2011

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we took all of our kids into the big girl/boy beds when they started to crawl out of the cribs, first a twin mattress on the floor till they learn where the edges were then in bed with the way to expensive side rails then just a bed we found the toddler bed was useless

Audria - posted on 06/20/2011

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Ada is now 3 and she got her toddler bed at 16 months . Than at 2 we gave her a twin bed and she still has that bed now . That worked out very good 4 us :)

Jessica - posted on 12/06/2009

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Thank You everyone! My son is sleeping in his toddler bed now and he's getting the hang of climbing in it! I have a baby gate blocking the living room so he can not get into the living room. He has been sleeping in his toddler bed all night and has not gotten up or fallen out! Again thank you everyone! :)

Tammy - posted on 12/06/2009

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I have 4 children and waited until they started climbing out of the crib before moving them. My oldest was 11 months old so I moved her to a bed but she would get up in the morning and I would find her in the oddest places like on top of the fridge. I am a very light sleeper but she would be so quiet that I would not hear her right away. My second child loved his crib and would climb in but not out. It was his way to get away from his older sister and loved his crib. He was about 2 when I moved him into a toddler bed. My third hated his crib and slept with us most of the time. Our youngest has no interest in getting out, she is 20 months. I will leave her in her crib as long as she will let me for her own safety for our bedrooms are upstairs and we have marble staircase so i do not want her to get up and fall down the stairs at night. Each child is different and if you feel he is ready, go for it.

Jan - posted on 12/05/2009

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Yes, there are bed frames that fits the crib mattress. These frames are low enough for baby to climb in him/herself. If you get the crib frame mattress; also get a couple of plastic drawer type furniture pieces too. Allow your toddler to participate in placing his/her socks and tees in the pastic-drawers. Also allow them to retrieve these items to prepare for bath time.

Consider this "orientation" for your toddler to help with laundry as they grow up :)

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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Thank You everyone for posting! My son has been in the toddler bed for 2 nights now and he's doing just fine and hasn't fallen out. Thank You so much for your ideas cause they helped! :)

April - posted on 12/02/2009

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your son sleeping through the night really is not the key thing you look for when putting him in a toddler bed...you should more to is he able to take a nap not in the crib, since cribs have those sides all around it's more a comforting effect then anything (being closed in is a side effect from the womb)...if he is a major roller, I would try putting the mattress on the floor too to not make falling out of a bed so upsetting...this can make some kids to not like there toddler beds at all....that is my best advice, see how he likes sleeping on the mattress without a crib around it..this will save you the effort of taking the bed apart right away if it does not work out...point of note...my son loved his toddler bed for one big reason...he can just leave his room and climb into our bed in the night when he wants!

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2009

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You can always get a side rail for him so he doesn't fall out. The toddler bed our son uses has one. He is 3 years old and still falls out of bed sometimes if we stay somewhere else and the bed doesn't have a side rail. :)

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2009

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Hey Jennifer-

Thank You for ur input! And all I have to say is, "AWE!" Thant's so cute your son wants his toddler bed back!

Medic - posted on 12/02/2009

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my son was 14 months when we moved him and we moved him because he was too close to the height limit for the crib....he did really well though...i just made it into the greatest thing of the whole year and said that mommy wanted his bed because it was so nice....and he took to it...now at three we just moved him to a twin bed and he wants his toddler bed back

Jessica - posted on 12/01/2009

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Thank You for your input Rebecca! I think I will try to start the toddler bed, but I have one of those cribs that change into the toddler and full size bed....so once I take that crib peice off thats it. LOL! It took me 8hrs to put it together all by myself cause my hubby is deployed! So I just hope he learns only one time on falling out like your son...lol! And I have plenty of baby gates...lol! Thank you again! And hopefully with it being the same bed just looking different will be okay with him. :)

Rebecca - posted on 12/01/2009

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Sounds good:) We moved our son when he was 16 months old and he did fine. He fell out once and that was it. He started tog et out of bed however around 20 months as i was almost due for our daughter and so we had to put a gate up at his door until he fell asleep and then moved it to the kitchen. I recommened leaving the door open adn putting a gate at the kitchen entry if possible...my son learned how to get teh fridge door open one afternoon when he was about 23 months old.

It did take a few night for him to fall asleep in his big bed at night so start off with naps and then when you tell him it's time for bed see where he goes. If he goes to the big bed then leave him if not then don't pressure it. Start slowly.

Good luck!

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